An international student is considered to be an individual who is enrolled full-time in a degree or nondegree program at a U.S. university or college and holds a temporary nonimmigrant visa. 

Please be aware that U.S. immigration law is complex and that the information presented here should only be used as a source of general information. 

Prospective Students

We are pleased that your student is considering study at Washington University in St. Louis. WashU provides distinctive, well-tailored academic programs to suit your needs and passions. Here, they will find a welcoming and diverse community. We welcome you to learn more about the admissions process.

New & Incoming Students 

Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis and to the United States. Students are an important part of the WashU community, and we are proud of the diversity that they help us to create. We know that many new students have a number of concerns before their arrival to St. Louis. We are here to make your student’s transition a smooth one as they arrive in the U.S. and will be here to help ensure them maintain their student visa status. 

Current Students 

Regardless of how long your student has been studying at WashU, we have resources available to assist them. Whether you need information on maintaining their status, employment & training, requesting a letter, travel or more, we have them covered. If you need additional information, you are always welcome to come speak with an international advisor during walk-in advising. 


Orientation Programs 

Orientation programs at WashU provide information and experiences that will help to ease your transition and gives students the opportunity to meet others in the WashU community and make friends before classes have even started. 

Fall Programs 

Undergraduate Fall Orientation 

All international undergraduate students are expected to arrive on campus early for International Undergraduate Orientation. The OISS will hold two programs for international undergraduate students: First-year International (FYI) Orientation and Exchange/Transfer (Ex-Tra) Orientation. 

International Parent Orientation 

Parents of international undergraduate students can attend International Parent Orientation on Saturday, August 17 and Parent & Family Orientation: Fall Welcome on Sunday, August 18. Note that First-year International students should arrive no later than Thursday, August 15. Parents will have time for shopping, banking, and handling other logistics with their students on Friday, August 16. 

Spring Programs 

Undergraduate Spring Orientation 

The First Year Center provides Winter Welcome: New Student Spring Orientation specifically for incoming undergraduate exchange students.